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Monday, 15th September, 2014

Five-year-old Emmy Clifton won’t be able to ride this classic piece of machinery in Broken Hill when she grows up because of a ban on all petrol-powered bicyles. This is a 1954 two-stroke Mobylette from French manufacturer Motobecane. This one was restored by local Allan Carr. Five-year-old Emmy Clifton won’t be able to ride this classic piece of machinery in Broken Hill when she grows up because of a ban on all petrol-powered bicyles. This is a 1954 two-stroke Mobylette from French manufacturer Motobecane. This one was restored by local Allan Carr.

Petrol-powered bicycles will be outlawed under a new plan to curb deaths on NSW's roads, the state government says.

The ban will begin on October 1.

Under the government's new rules all bikes with internal combustion engines will be banned, with fines of up to $2500 for those breaking the law.

The electric pedelec bikes still be allowed.

Roads minister Duncan Gay said many of the petrol-powered bikes were "backyard jobs" which weren't built safely.

"We've seen too many injuries and lives lost because of these bikes," Mr Gay said.

"These bikes can travel at high speeds but their brakes and other safety components are only designed for standard bikes.

"This means they take much longer to stop than a standard bike."

The new laws close a loophole that allowed petrol-powered bikes to be on NSW roads while petrol-powered skateboards and scooters were banned.

The ban comes after three people died while riding petrol-powered bikes in NSW last year.

Overall last year, the road death toll in NSW was 339, 30 less than the previous year. Of that figure, 71 motorcycle riders and 14 cyclists lost their lives.

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